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Arthritis of the Shoulder - DRHC Dubai Shoulder Clinic

At DRHC-Dubai Shoulder Clinic we provide the latest techniques for the treatment of shoulder arthritis including total shoulder replacement and reverse shoulder replacement.

Arthritis of the shoulder joint:

Arthritis of the joint is a very common disease and almost every one of us will have arthritis in his joint at some stage of his life. However, the shoulder joint is not very popular to be involved in arthritis compared with the hip and knee joints.

Arthritis in general terms means the destruction of the article of surfaces as a result of inflammation of the joints due to inflammatory arthritis or due to osteoarthritis which is the wear and tear type of arthritis.

The shoulder joint is a ball and socket joint that is very mobile to allow motion in different directions. The acromioclavicular joint is the small joint between the end of the clavicle at the top of the acromion which can also be affected by arthritis.

Most arthritis involving the shoulder is related to rheumatoid, which is an inflammatory reaction causing destruction of the articular surfaces. Arthritis in the shoulder can also be a result of trauma and is called post-traumatic arthritis, and also can happen due to deficiencies in the rotator cuff which changes the bio-dynamics of the shoulder joint and causes what is called rotator cuff tear arthropathy. Primary Osteoarthritis and osteonecrosis are other causes.

Clinical presentation and Diagnosis:

Pain and restricted range of motion are the main symptoms related to arthritis of the shoulder. The clinical examination reveals tenderness, swelling, and a restricted range of motion particularly in external rotation and abduction. An X-ray of the shoulder would reveal signs of arthritis including decreased joint to space and irregularities around the joint including osteophytes and cyst formation.

Treatment of shoulder arthritis:

Treatment of shoulder arthritis would depend on the stage of the disease and the level of symptoms. In almost all cases Conservative Management should be tried including anti-inflammatory medication, physiotherapy, joint injection with steroids, PRP, or stem cells.

In case of advanced arthritic changes causing significant pain and restriction of motion, surgical treatment would be indicated and it is mostly either in the form of shoulder replacement surgery which is a ball and socket joint, or with a reverse shoulder joint replacement which is used in cases of rotator cuff deficiencies and on the elderly population.

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The result of the surgical treatment is generally very good reducing the pain and gaining a better range of motion although patients should not expect a full range of motion in the shoulder after replacement surgery. The procedure carries very little risk of complication in experienced hands, particularly with the new generation of a prosthesis and advanced surgical techniques.

Orthopedic Hospital in Dubai at DRHC provides shoulder arthroscopy, shoulder surgery, and treatment for shoulder pain, frozen shoulder, dislocated shoulder, shoulder impingement, and so on.Call +97142798200 to Schedule Your Appointment Today.